The magnificent Christopher Purves
performs a recital of Handel's bass arias. This unique collection demonstrates the range and brilliance of Handel's writing for this voice, featuring a selection from Italian and English operas, English classical drama, Biblical oratorios, literary odes and a masque. Handel's endlessly imaginative gift for characterization is fully explored here, with Purves commanding an extraordinary emotional and technical range from the buffo blustering of Polyphemus in Acis and Gatalea
to the loving musings of Abinoam in Tears, such as tender fathers shed' from the oratorio Deborah
Gramophone Award-winning baroque band Arcangelo
with their director Jonathan Cohen
provide the sparkling accompaniments.
Extraits de Rinaldo, Acis and Galatea, L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, La Resurrezione, Deborah, Belshazzar, Orlando... / Christopher Purves, basse - Arcangelo - Jonathan Cohen, direction